20 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

A rallying cry to make the achievement of a United Ireland through consensus and dialogue their priority in the months ahead was made to the members of Sinn Féin in Co Monaghan who gathered at a function in Monaghan Town’s Four Seasons Hotel last Friday evening to celebrate their party’s achievements in the recent local government elections in the county. Donegal SF TD Pearse Doherty in his keynote address said he had become involved in the party to end British rule in their country, “and that is coming closer every day.”

Deputy Doherty stated: “That can happen because of SF activists arguing, articulating and making sure that the idea of a United Ireland makes sense. There is a huge responsibility on all of us to make sure that this is delivered upon.” The Donegal TD, whose wife Róisín is a native of Co Monaghan, also stressed the importance to the party of Cavan/Monaghan returning two TDs to Leinster House at the next General Election. Deputy Doherty said that the constituency’s sitting TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, who would retire when the current Dáil reaches the end of its term, had “shown the way and worn the path. He has stood firm and strong and articulated Republican views and ideals, and set the scene for 23 TDs to be elected in the last election.”

Deputy Ó Caoláin was master of ceremonies for an event that saw silver coins minted to mark the SF centenary in 2005 and described as “treasured collectors’ pieces” presented to each of the nine candidates who stood….

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